By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion magazine
• First, some headlines that didn’t need to be written, or, as my Brit friends say “Why state the bleedin’ obvious?”
“Muscle cars outsell hybrids” (Wow; who ever suspected that?)
“Declining gas prices boost truck sales” (Well, yeah.)
“Study predicts higher vehicle prices to meet new fuel regulations” (Not news)
“Survey reveals car shoppers want efficient vehicles” (Gasp!)
“Mobile apps are cool but way too distracting” (Ya’ think?)
• Chevrolet has announced that the Volt will be for sale in all 50 states in the 2012 model year. Right now, the mostly-electric car is only available in select locations (mostly metro areas) in seven states and D.C. Pricing on next year’s Volt will be substanstially below the present price, too.
• In another sign of recovery from disaster, Toyota has said its operations in India are virtually back to normal, and one assembly plant has added an additional shift to make up lost production. Toyota also announced that it expects North American production to be at 100 percent by the end of September.
• Quick!—name the three cities in the world with the most congested traffic. A recent study by MSN Cars assembled muliple datasets from several sources to come up with their list. By their numbers, top place goes to São Paulo, Brazil. In 2008, they say, that city experienced a 165-mile long traffic jam. Beijing, China took second place, with Brussels, Belgium in third. (Brussels is tradtionally noted as the most traffic-jammed city in Europe.) New York? Pish, merely 11th, trailing both New Delhi, India and Los Angeles. Washington D.C was 14th.
• Nissan expects to deliver 1500 electric Leafs in June. The 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will introduce a driver-selected electric mode. Going over the road? Push the button to turn your electric drive off – thus using just the gas engine – to save battery power for in-town use. General Motors Ventures will invest $6 million in Proterra, a manufacturer of electric transit buses. The bus is powered by lithium-ion batteries that provide a 40-mile range before recharging.
• Corvette Racing took its seventh class win in eleven years at the 24 Hours of LeMans (France). The winning car took the lead with about two hours remaining, and held on over a highly competitve field of Ferraris, Porsches and BMWs. LeMans is never easy; half of the 56 starters, including several factory supported cars, were not running at the end.
• This story appeared recently on iATN.net. The poster related that late last fall, his shop had performed routine maintenance on a big truck but had to order a cabin air filter for it. When the filter was in stock, the trucker stopped back to pick it up (without the truck) and the shop gave him simple and detailed instructions on how to install it.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago—the truck is back in the shop with a complaint of “No air conditioning, nothing from the vents.” The shop investigated, and yeah, you guessed it…
“Do you think we should have told him to take the filter out of the plastic wrapper?” They also wondered why the driver didn’t miss his heat and defrost over the winter.
When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.
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